The option of which color of gold to choose for your diamond ring may seem to be the least difficult choice to make throughout the process of selecting your ideal band. However, aside from relevant factors such as your personal preference, what is trending nowadays, and what color matches your skin tone best, making such a decision can help to amplify the beauty of your diamond without the need to increase your budget to afford a higher grade diamond.
This is because choosing a color other than white can make the diamond appear more like the color of your skin. However, it is possible to create the impression that your diamond ring is of a greater grade without increasing any of the 4C’s or your spending farther than what you had originally planned.
The solution is as easy as choosing between three different colors of gold: white, yellow, and rose. If you make an educated decision, you may save up to twenty percent of the total cost of your diamond by paying attention to this seemingly little factor. However, most consumers don’t even give it a second thought.
Types of Gold You Can Choose for Your Engagement Ring
Here are the color of gold you can choose for the engagement ring you wish to buy-
White gold is combined with white metals like nickel. Rhodium is often used to coat it to make it both more durable and seem even whiter. Platinum is often compared with white gold, however in terms of cost, white gold is the more affordable alternative. The rhodium plating and the metals that are combined with the yellow gold give it a silvery appearance, which is because the yellow gold is also mixed with other metals.
The rhodium plating on the ring may eventually wear away, and the band may revert to its natural yellow gold hue. This silvery appearance may be maintained by re-dipping the ring in rhodium, which is a very affordable technique that some jewelers may even provide for free with the purchase of the item.
14k Yellow Gold
There is not much of a difference between 14K yellow gold and 18K yellow gold, other than the fact that 14K yellow gold has a somewhat lower price point due to the lesser amount of gold it contains. A ring made of 14-karat gold will have a little higher resistance to scratching and a marginally lower potential for triggering skin allergies. It is quite difficult to discern the difference between the two with the naked eye if they are not placed directly next to one another. The color is, of course, somewhat different.
18K Yellow Gold
14-karat and 18-karat gold are considered to be the industry standards for jewelry in the United States. Copper is often used in the production of yellow gold. A 14-karat gold ring will have a proportion of gold that is over 60 percent when combined with other metals. In the meanwhile, an 18-karat gold ring has around 75 percent gold content.
The rose gold in engagement rings is composed of a combination of pure gold and alloys of copper and silver. Because it contains more than one kind of precious metal, rose gold is much more durable than white or yellow gold.
Rose gold engagement rings are particularly gorgeous for several reasons, one of which is their exquisite blush pink tint, which makes a subtle reference to the love and commitment that engagement rings symbolize.
How does the Color of Gold Affect the Overall Sparkle of Your Engagement Ring?
Let’s go through the three different colors that are available and how the overall glow of your ring is affected by each one. When it comes to settings made of white gold, the ring is perceived to cast a dazzlingly bright white shine over the diamond. When it comes to settings made of yellow gold, we may see a bright yellow shine.
As a result of the ring being set in rose gold, it exudes a shimmering pinkish-red radiance. These distinctions have the potential to “upgrade” the look of the color of your diamond by making it seem more intense. As an example, the most desirable color for a diamond to have is a D grade.
Assuming that you are willing to spend the additional expense that comes with such a high diamond color grade, then you may as well show it off by picking a metal color that will enhance its white sheen and its shine. This will help the diamond seem even more brilliant. Therefore, the white gold setting would be the best option in this scenario. If you want your diamond to be put in a yellow or rose gold color engagement ring, then a D color diamond will not seem as dazzling and glossy white as one anticipates it to look in such a setting.
Because of this, you could seek a diamond that has the same features as the one you want but a lower color grade, or you can spend on improving the other requirements (size, clarity, and cut grade) for the same price. Either way, you will save yourself some more cash.
Categorizing Diamonds According to Their Colors
To get started, let’s classify diamonds generally based on color. You may classify them as colorless, almost colorless, or colored (D to J), Diamonds that are very little darker than colorless, but still graded as fancy, are fancy brown or pink, or fancy light or fancy yellow, respectively.
As you know, White gold is preferable for colorless and near-colorless diamonds. It’s true that a colorless diamond will look its best against a white backdrop, but only because of the contrast. After the J color range, diamonds take on a warm yellow hue that becomes stronger (in lower color grades). Putting the diamond in a yellow gold setting can help it seem more valuable than its true color grade would indicate.
A rose gold hue is recommended for the last category of fancy brown and pink diamonds because it enhances the diamond’s color, making it look more lovely and dramatic. Diamonds from the first category that have a tinge of brown rather than yellow might also benefit from being set in rose gold.